March 3rd, 2007

Chris Keeley

a Lisa Yuskavage painting, for which she paid $75,000 a few years ago, is now worth about $850,000,

They won’t sell to you if they think you’re just trying to flip the pieces to make money.

A Newcomer to Art Collecting

Novice Art Collectors Find Access Is Priceless

Susan Hancock came through the doors of the Pier 94 exhibition hall on the West Side of Manhattan recently with no time to waste. In half an hour, the booths of the 2007 Armory Show, the largest contemporary art fair in the country, would open: five days, 149 blue-chip galleries from all over the world, and nearly 2,000 artists with work for sale.

Ms. Hancock was there to buy. A relative newcomer to the collecting scene, she is passionate about the works she has bought, but is also undeniably enthralled by the world they have opened up to her: of dealers and parties, dinners and auctions.

Her collection — about 200 works — is small by the standard of any serious collector. Not a single one is worth more than $1 million (although a Lisa Yuskavage painting, for which she paid $75,000 a few years ago, is now worth about $850,000, she says). But it is growing: a reporter accompanied her during the five frenzied days last month that included the Armory Show as she spent $236,000 to build her collection. “When I started doing it seven years ago, it was a hobby — but now I’d say it’s pretty much my full-time occupation,” she said.

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Chris Keeley

Check out "Yes, It's Anti-Semitic"

Click Here: Check out "Yes, It's Anti-Semitic"

Condi Rice's choice of Eliot Cohen as the new Counselor of the State
Department severely undermines our hope that underneath Dr. Rice's cool
exterior there might linger a few warm instincts of bipartisanship and
evenhandedness.  Perhaps even more disturbing than Mr. Cohen's
gratuitous and vicious personal assault on Professors John Mearsheimer
and Stephen Walt (see ref), which puts his intellectual objectivity in
doubt, is his political affinity with the militant neocons in The
Project for the New American Century --- which raises serious doubts
about his commitment to the basic precepts of diplomacy and
international law which his new authority is supposed to uphold.
Ray Close
Chris Keeley

Uri Avnery on Israeli Politics--3/3/07

In the United States, the ministers are appointed by the president and
serve only as his aides. If he wants, he appoints talented people. If he
feels like it, he appoints perfect fools, cheats and fanatics.

Uri Avnery

           The Book of Esterina

"PATRIOTISM," SAID Dr. Samuel Johnson over 200 years ago, "is the last
refuge of a scoundrel." If we substitute racism for patriotism, then we
have a perfect match with the Esterina Tartman affair.

She could have been a popular member of the Knesset. She belongs to a
respected Oriental family (The Shabtai family, seven generations in the
country). She is pretty and looks very much younger than her 50 years.
She is the mother of four. She has recovered after a severe road accident.
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Chris Keeley

Sienna: Drugs are loads of fun - I love magic mushrooms

Sienna: Drugs are loads of fun - I love magic mushrooms
by JOE TAYLOR - More by this author » Last updated at 21:49pm on 3rd March 2007

Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller claims drugs are 'loads of fun'

Actress Sienna Miller has sparked controversy by claiming that drugs are "loads of fun".

Miller, 25, who recently split with fellow film star Jude Law, said she "loves" hallucinogenic experiences - describing magic mushrooms as her "drug of choice".

And she admitted experimenting with morphine to "feel what heroin was like".

Her remarks came in an interview to promote the new film Factory Girl, in which she plays Edie Sedgwick, the drug-addicted muse of Andy Warhol.

Asked why so many people experiment with illegal drugs, she says: "Cos they're fun! They're loads of fun!"

Describing her morphine experience, she added: "I took a pill just to feel what a safe way of taking heroin was like. I didn't really feel a lot. I'm hardcore."

Miller, who in the past has traded on her clean-cut image, said she spent a year in America researching her role as Sedgwick, the original 1960s It Girl, who became addicted to heroin before her death at the age of 28.

She denied that her research extended to her experimenting with heroin or amphetamines - Sedgwick's drugs of choice - but said: "I still love a waterfall (a homemade device for smoking cannabis and other drugs) or the odd hallucinogenic drug.

"If I had a drug of choice, it would be magic mushrooms."

Britain's leading drug charity, Addaction, said Miller's comments were irresponsible. "It's all very well talking about trying drugs, but the reality is drug addiction wrecks lives," it said.